Wednesday, November 25, 2015

On Adam Schefter And The Philly Media

Earlier this week, ESPN's Adam Schefter inadvertently made headlines for "breaking" the news that Chip Kelly and the Eagles and Philadelphia fans are unhappy and may not be together forever.

Here's the quote, as transcribed by The Big Lead: "The momentum and signs seem to be piling up against a Chip return to Philadelphia. I think both sides are sick of each other. I think the fans are tired of him, I think he’s tired of the situation there – just my read from afar."

The phrase at the end there is really key. He's not claiming to have any inside knowledge, but anyone with half a brain can see that the 4-6 Eagles (coming off a blown lead against Miami and a drubbing by Tampa) are not in a good spot. Naturally, a lot of the blame in being directed toward the General Manager/Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator/Supposed Football Genius Chip Kelly. 

This has been the topic on conversation on Philadelphia's sports radio shows for what feels like months. There was talk about Texas firinig Charlie Strong in September/October and Chip's name was thrown around. Steve Sarkisian was fired from USC on October 12th, and Chip's name came up again. The Titans fired Ken Whisenhunt on November 3rd, and again, Chip's name found its way into that discussion. 

Why is it just turning into a national story now after Schefter's interview on Sirius?

The Sirius NFL account has 76.8 thousand, more than any of the Philly local shows. 

97.5 The Fanatic's main account has 44.8 thousand followers. The morning show (with Anthony Gargano) account has 21.8 thousand. The midday show has 4.5 thousand. Mike Missanelli's personal account has 78.9 thousand. 

94.1 WIP's main account has 59.6 thousand followers. The morning show (with Angelo Cataldi) account has 29.9 thousand. The (insufferable) Josh Innes Show account has 21.4 thousand, and Innes' personal account has 27.9 thousand.  

Adam Schefter has 4.38 million Twitter followers. In terms of people in the American sports world (not leagues or teams or networks), he's behind LeBron James (25.3), Kevin Durant (12.3), and then my list got cut off and I don't want to pay. But Schefty is up there with the big names in the industry. 

And so people pay attention to him saying "Hey maybe this isn't working out and Chip will leave to take one of the college jobs" and everyone FREAKS the fuck out like it's a confirmed story. 


The 97.5 morning show "Bitch & Complain Line" is literally named after Chip Kelly (and has been for more than a month). Mike Miss' Sound Off mailbox is always full of guys complaining about every facet of Chip Kelly and demanding that he goes back to college. Eagles Twitter, every Sunday all the way back to the opening night loss to Atlanta, is nonstop bitching about what Chip's done to the beloved birds. 

The team stinks on the field. The locker room is a mess. The media hates the head coach. The fans are sick of it all. 

But Adam Schefter acknowledging all of that on a national radio show is a story? He himself comes onto the 97.5 morning show every Wednesday (after he drops his daughter off at the school bus) and talks about the Eagles and Chip and gets peppered with questions about Chip leaving or getting fired. 

Schefter was echoing the sentiments of the Philly media (who echo the sentiments of Philly fans). Maybe it's news to the outside world that Chip may be run out of town after this year, but everybody needs to just chill. Schefter wasn't breaking any news to us, but talking on a national show about what he's heard from us, with the limited contact that he has with the Philadelphia market. 

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